The Forestry Source - June 2012 - (Page 1)
News for forest resource professionals published by the Society of American Foresters
June 2012 • Vol. 17, No. 6
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Controversy Dogs Forest Service Travel Management Process
Citizens Protest Trail Closures, Environmentalists Push for Restrictions
Richard Cockle/The Oregonian
SAF member uses the “power of the media” to promote forestry Peter Marchese, CF, an SAF member living in New York State, writes the blog “Forestry Makes a Difference,” which he uses to spread the word about the benefits of forestry and foresters. Page 8. Starker brothers inducted into World Forestry Center Hall of Fame The Starker brothers, both graduates of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, oversee the management of 80,000 acres of timberland in western Oregon. They are well-known throughout the Pacific Northwest for service to the forestry industry and the public. Page 10. Foresters give unique Oregon ponderosa pine a lifeline In the last decade, Chuck Volz, a retired engineer for Weyerhaeuser, has planted roughly 1,500 Willamette Valley ponderosa pines—a type of the ubiquitous Western conifer that’s found only in this valley. Page 12. Field Tech: Appealing apps for foresters Foresters are well able to live without smartphones, of course, but they do come in handy—and not just for playing Angry Birds or Words With Friends. Some apps may be quite useful to foresters, from simple measurement-conversion tools to Esri’s ArcGIS for Android. Here is a brief look at a few of them. Page 13. GIS for foresters: ArcGIS 10.1, Lidar, mobile apps highlight Esri’s forestry GIS conference If you work with GIS at all, Steve Wilent suggests joining the Esri Forestry Group. He also suggests attending the annual Esri Forestry Group User’s Conference, which recently took place in Redlands, California. For those who couldn’t make it, here is a brief recap of two of the key topic discussed at the conference: Lidar and mobile GIS and mapping. Page 14.
By Steve Wilent hen US Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth famously outlined the “Four Threats to the Health of the Nation’s Forests and Grasslands” in 2006, the agency was already diligently working to address the fourth, but by no means the least, of the threats: unmanaged recreation, especially the use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs). “We believe that off-highway vehicles are a legitimate use of the National Forest System. But it’s a use that should be managed carefully,” wrote Bosworth. “That’s what our new rule for OHV use on national forest system lands is all about: providing access that can be used and enjoyed into the future.” The rule he mentioned, issued the previous year, in 2005, revised the agency’s travel-management regulations. It requires the designation of roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use by class of vehicle and, where appropriate, by time of year, and prohibits the use of motor vehicles off of designated roads, trails, and areas, or where they are inconsistent with the designations. The rule contains three main sections: Subpart A requires each national forest to identify its minimum road system and unneeded roads. Subpart B requires each forest to designate those roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use and to identify those
Randy James, operator of an Enterprise, Oregon, ATV and motorcycle shop, and ex-logger Larry Cribbs of La Grande, Oregon, took issue with the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest travel management plan in 2010. The final plan, which would have closed nearly 3,700 miles of roads and trails, was withdrawn in March in the face of protests.
designations on a motor vehicle use map (MVUM). This is a public process requiring an environmental impact statement. Subpart C requires that each forest develop regulations for the use of snowmobiles and other over-snow vehicles.
All 155 national forests were to have completed Subpart B by the end of 2010, but some are still in progress. These forests have until 2015 to complete Subpart (See “Travel” page 3)
The Silviculture Challenge: UW vs. UBC
any forestry students test their knowledge and skills in friendly competitions with other students attending the same school, in which the goal is to produce the “best” management plan for a given parcel. Two universities in
the Pacific Northwest take that exercise two steps further: not only do students compete with teams from another school, but with a school in another country. The (See “Silviculture” page 4)
Sarah Weiser, The Everett, Washington Herald
Weyerhaeuser’s Ray Risco: Managed Forests Critical to Growing Population
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2 5 6 8 12 16 17 Editor’s Notebook In Brief Industry News Society Affairs Science and Tech Continuing Ed. Calendar Classifieds
As part of the annual Silviculture Challenge, University of Washington student Rachel Sønderskov Larsen measures trees in the Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest.
ne year ago this month, Weyerhaeuser Co. announced the formation of a new subsidiary, Weyerhaeuser Solutions Inc., which offers “a full range of consulting and management services designed to help clients develop, manage, and commercialize forest assets.” Ray Risco, Weyerhaeuser’s vice president, timberlands, was named president of the new company; he continues to hold both titles. “With the ability to serve customers around the world, we can design, manage, and commercialize forest-based solutions to mitigate risk, diversify investment, and expand economic opportunity,” said Risco in June 2011. “We do this by taking a holistic approach to helping clients expand their portfolios to include renewable forest-based assets, and providing customized, innovative solutions, on a global scale, that enhance supply security and provide economic alternatives.” Weyerhaeuser Solutions was designed (See “Weyerhaeuser” page 6)
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Forestry Source - June 2012
The Forestry Source - June 2012
SAF member uses the “power of the media” to promote forestry
Starker brothers inducted into World Forestry Center Hall of Fame
Foresters give unique Oregon ponderosa pine a lifeline
Science and Tech
Field Tech: Appealing apps for foresters
GIS for foresters: ArcGIS 10.1, Lidar, mobile apps highlight Esri’s forestry GIS conference
Continuing Ed. Calendar
The Forestry Source - June 2012